Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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The Rosemount gymnastics team competed for the final time in preparation for Friday’s Section 3AA Championships last Tuesday at Lakeville North. The top-ranked Panthers won the South Suburban Conference finale with 148.925 points, while the 13th-ranked Irish matched their season average with 141.3 points. Head coach Jason Passeri figures it will take 144-145 points for his team to best 10th-ranked Eagan in the section meet.
Former Rosemount head boys’ basketball coach B ryan Schnettler has guided the Wayzata basketball team to a 17-1 start this winter. The Trojans are ranked fourth in Class 4A.
Rosemount Girls' Basketball The Rosemount girls' basketball team continued to show signs of progress while putting a scare into fourth-ranked Lakeville North Friday night. The Irish made clutch shots throughout the game to stay within striking distance, but couldn't get several potential go-ahead shots to fall in the final minute as the 18-2 Panthers escaped 48-46.
The Rosemount girls' hockey team entered Section 3AA tournament play on a high note after shutting out the St. Paul Blades 4-0 in last Wednesday's regular season finale at Rosemount Community Center. The victory gave the Irish a regular season of 9-16, the program's best showing in six years. It earned the the No. 8 seed in the Section 3AA tournament and a first-round game on the road at top-seeded Eastview Wednesday night.
Farmington built an early 1.5-point lead in the vault and held on to defeat Rosemount 141.425-139.7 last Tuesday in a clash of two state-ranked South Suburban Conference teams last Tuesday.
Rosemount Girls Hockey A pair of losses last week extended the Rosemount girls' hockey team's losing skid to six games heading into the final week of the regular season. The Irish (8-15) kept pace with two teams in the top half of the South Suburban Conference, falling to 3-0 on the road to third-place Eastview last Tuesday and being edged 3-2 by fourth-place Shakopee Saturday at Rosemount Community Center.
The likes of state powerhouses Minnetonka, Stillwater, Wayzata and Edina pushed Farmington and Rosemount to the back of the pack at Saturday’s Class 2A True Team state meet.
Rosemount Boys Hockey Facing last-place Shakopee, the Rosemount boys' hockey team made sure it didn't look past the Sabers Saturday night. The line of Griffin Lanoue, Zach Levandowski and Grant Horsager provided all four of the Irish's goals in a 4-0 shutout of the Sabers at Rosemount Community Center. "We played well from the goaltender out all night," Rosemount coach Brad Stepan said. "Our red line dominated from the opening drop of the puck."
Girls Basketball Rosemount and Farmington both have similar profiles this season; teams in the neighborhood of .500, fighting it out in the middle of the South Suburban Conference pack. But Rosemount has had the upper hand in recent years, and that experience helped the senior-led Irish pull away 51-42 when the two teams squared off last Thursday at Irish Gym. The Tigers stayed within two points of the Irish until halftime by shooting 57 percent from the field, but could only put up 17 points in the second half.
Struggling offensively over the course of its four-game losing streak, the Rosemount girls’ basketball team used its defense to get back on track last Tuesday. The Irish turned up the intensity from the start on their home floor and held high-scoring Prior Lake to 17 first-half points in their 59-42 victory at Irish Gym. Laker tandem McKenna Hofschild and Riley Wheatcraft entered averaging 45 points per game between them but were limited to 23 by the swarming Irish.